It’s here! Part Two of the oh-so gorgeous wedding celebration of the amazing couple I’m blessed to call my friends, Tara & Wade! Haven’t seen everything leading up to the reception yet? Click here to enjoy Part One and then come on back! And because this wedding is full of incredible details, I’ve included a lot of captions below to inspire brides!

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Their dog Cha Cha was all dolled up in a pretty pink collar (and a tutu during the ceremony!) What an adorable flower girl!

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A sweet moment for the Bride and her Maid of Honor!

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Bridesmaid Lisa helped make this chalkboard sign! Want to know how to do it? Check out the bride’s wedding blog! (Link at end of post)

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This wine barrel belonged to the Bride’s Grandfather, what a sweet sentiment! Adorned with a gorgeous gold floral birdcage!

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The bar with a mountain view was made cozy with vintage style globe lights. A DIY display using poles (with hooks) cemented in paint buckets, which were then covered in burlap. Globe lights are an awesome country vintage touch, and can be found at Target.

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There were several signs around the farm to direct guests. A DIY project using pallet boards, cut to a point for an arrow shape, with removable car details.

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This antique wooden bar was originally built by the Bride’s Grandfather! The couple worked together to restore it. “It was fun blasting music in the work room and sipping on some cold brews on a Friday night working together on projects!” So precious!

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The bar menu (above) was hand-lettered by the bride on a vintage mirror!

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Guests enjoyed the mason jar favors, with wrapped twine and a chalkboard tag to write their names!

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Personalized matches for the Sparklers Send-Off, a cute and practical favor!

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The couple brought a lot of furniture to the wedding venue, including this antique desk for the guestbook table!

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Lovin the guestbook sign? It’s available for download from The Wedding Chicks blog!

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A poem by E.E. Cummings was displayed in a vintage typewriter, “I carry your heart with me.” The vintage fan belonged to the Bride’s Grandfather.

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Gold chevron table runners gave the head table some bling! Found on Etsy.

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Stacked vintage books belonged to the Bride’s Grandparents, which were draped with lace and pearls.

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Signs on the newlywed’s gold chiavri chairs were made with pallets and DIY hand lettering, finished with pink and blue ribbons!

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Mason jars with tealights hanging from old wheels created a chandelier effect.

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Two heirloom tables with picture frames and momentos celebrated the bride and groom’s families.

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Friends in the loft were cheering and waving their dinner napkins as the newlyweds were announced into their reception!

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Just Married Banner from BHLDN, displayed behind the bride and groom’s chairs.

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I’m so happy Tara & Wade joined me outside after they had dinner for Bride&Groom Portraits (while guests were still eating). We walked around the farm’s vineyard and fields during golden hour, which offers beautiful light before sunset. It was so pretty, and a quiet moment for the two of them to relax!

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And now, for one of the coolest photo booths you’ve ever seen! The bride Tara said, “I wanted it to look like a wall in a super old abandoned mansion!” DIY using wallpaper from sample books at a paint store – and the frame and backing were built by the groom.

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S’mores Bar cart with apothecary jars. The sign tells the story of how Wade proposed to Tara while making s’mores in their backyard!

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Mathwig Estate Event Barn offers a good bit of country decor for their brides, including the quilts on the hay bales!

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Lawn Games included corn hole, washers, and ladder ball!

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Chandeliers and cupcakes, peonies and pearls! This dessert table is deliciously delightful!

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“LOVE IS SWEET” banner from BHLDN.

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Mason jars with votives hanging from the huge tree next to the barn entrance!

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Wine barrels served as both fun decor and a place for guests to set their drinks! Frederick area brides, these wine barrels are available to rent from McCutcheon’s.

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These votives were also DIY using gold spray paint and a water-vinegar mix in a spray bottle, for a mercury glass effect!

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For weddings ending later than around 9:30pm, I suggest brides have Sparklers be an event, rather than an exit. That way, all the guests can be involved! No matter how fun a wedding is, many guests will leave by around 9:30pm – older guests, families with children, and anyone with a longer drive home. The DJ makes an announcement that the celebration will continue after Sparklers. It’s double the fun (and photos) because after the bride walk through the line of sparklers, they walk back up into the venue!

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Outfit change! After the Sparklers, the bride wore a sequin silver gown, then headed down to the bonfire. Gorgeously Gatsby!

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Chinese Lanterns! Although they were really tricky to do, the bridal party had a fun time, lots of laughs!

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Congratulations Tara & Wade!

Are you planning a DIY wedding, too? Here’s some advise from the bride Tara: “Start looking for items early on versus back loading décor to the end of the engagement. Look at Goodwill, Thiftshops for frames, old table clothes, vases, etc. Use your resources! If you have an artist friend have them help you on a few projects. Have a plan for everything you buy and try to have acohesive look so everything looks put together! Yard sales are your friend! As your vendors for ideas on where to find things or for vendor recommendations! Have fun with everything!”

Bride’s DIY tips for a Chalkboard Sign on her wedding blog, Lace and Grace. And a special thanks for her vendor highlight about “Picking a Photographer“!

Wedding Dress:  Posh Bridal  |  Bride’s Shoes:  Badgley Mischka  |  Hair and Makeup:  Jordan K Winn & Co  |  Flowers:  Candlelight Floral Designs  |  Wedding Coordinator:  By Design Weddings and Events  |  Videographer:  Matt Stambaugh Media  | Caterer:  The Savory Spoon Catering Company  |  Desserts:  Clustered Spires Pastry Shop  |  DJ:  DJ Sidekick  |  Bridesmaids Dresses:  DressbLee on Etsy  |  Suits:  Jos A. Bank  |  Favors:  DIY  |  Rentals:  Premier Event Rentals  |  Reception Venue:  Mathwig Estate Event Barn

  • OMG Anna! I love all of these! Thank you so much for capturing all the details of our special day so we can relive them over and over again!

  • Susan Green

    Anna, the pictures are beautiful as I knew they would be after seeing the engagement pictures! Just wanted to mention that Tara’s veil was mine when I got married in the same church more than 36 years ago. The lace, but not the netting, had turned yellow over time so it was washed 2 times with Oxi-Clean to whiten it. Hard to believe the wedding is over (after 19 months of planning) but the pictures let it live on forever.

    The Bride’s Proud Mom